Behold the next meme, sure to be coming to a talking head near you (via):
Arlen Specter is quoted (link when I can find one) as having said that prosecuting Bush administration officials would be like something done in a “banana republic” and like “Latin America.” John McCain says prosecuting will have a “chilling effect.”
Isn’t that the point of prosecuting crimes- to have a chilling effect on future potential criminals? I know deterrence is always cited by death penalty advocates.
I have no idea if Holder will decide to prosecute people for any of this, and realize that if it happens, DC will just explode, but at the same time, if these people did commit crimes, why shouldn’t they be prosecuted? And I’m sensitive to the fact that people may have done things in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 that they may not have done otherwise, but some of these memos are from years after 9/11. We have clear evidence how this stuff spread from Rumsfeld’s desk to Gitmo to Abu Gharaib. Hell, there are several dozen detainees who are still missing.
What are we supposed to do when our government has done this? Just look the other way because otherwise it might be politically difficult?